CET Shanghai

The Right Internship for You

It’s not just about having any internship on your résumé, but having the right internship—one that works for both you and your host. This program is meticulous in how it matches student to internship. The possibilities are virtually limitless: business, media, STEM, history, law, education, sports, philanthropy, music. Come to Shanghai to launch your international career.

Local Roommates

Your roommate is your instant local connection. Check out the indie music scene together. Pair up to join a sports team. Fly a kite or try group dancing in one of Shanghai’s gorgeous parks. Study at a café. Your roommate can show you where to order the best noodles, or help you bargain at the pearl market. What will your favorite roommate memory be?
The bund in Shanghai

Cosmopolitan Shanghai

Shanghai’s energy and entrepreneurial spirit make it the perfect place to expand your horizons. Meet professionals. Make friends with your internship colleagues. Hop on a high speed train—you can be almost anywhere in the country in half a day. Then, use your skills and connections (and the CET China Alumni Job Board) to make your way back to Shanghai after graduation.

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arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Summer 06/13/2018 08/12/2018 9 Weeks 8 $7,990
What’s Included
None March 1
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Daily Life in Shanghai

Shanghai. This world financial center is fast-paced. Want to join the buzz? Visit a startup or dine at a swanky restaurant. But underneath the glamour and shine, Shanghai has history and charm. Take a walking tour through art deco neighborhoods. Peek into a hidden villa or garden. Or while away an afternoon people-watching on the Bund.

Donghua University

The program is located at Donghua University’s downtown campus, which means home base for the summer is right in the center of the city. The campus is vibrant—you’ll pass groups of students chatting on the green, playing pick-up basketball, or heading to an exhibit by one of China’s emerging artists.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a share a room with a local roommate in Donghua University’s international student dormitory. For meals, take your pick of campus cafeterias, nearby noodle shops, or neighborhood restaurants.

Intern + Study

You want to gain practical experience from an internship, but you still have credit needs. You want a fuller résumé, but you want better Chinese, too. In this program, you can do it all. You tell us your field, your skills, your interests. We pound the pavement and find an internship that is the perfect fit. Outside of your internship, you’ll take 6 hours of Chinese per week with expert instructors…be sure to get in extra practice at the weekly zhongwen zhuozi (Chinese table) or Chinese movie nights. Then choose an elective that’s distinctly Chinese, or one that fulfills a major requirement. Take Politics and Governance and learn about how China’s government functions, or International Marketing, where you’ll view marketing concepts through a Chinese lens.​

Endless Internship Possibilities

This program is known for its remarkable list of internship opportunities. These are just some of the sites where you might intern. The projects you complete at work are determined by your host.

  • Council of American States in China
  • Coworker Youth Development Center
  • Daedalum Films
  • DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Fudan University Department of History
  • Habitat for Humanity China
  • Morgan Stanley
  • PepsiCo
  • Shanghai Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Tongji Biomimetic Design Lab
  • Xinshiji Primary School

Curriculum & Syllabi


If you choose to participate in an internship, you’ll work at your internship placement for at least 8 hours/week.

You also take this course:

SH152 Internship: Bridging Theory & Practice

2 credits for course + placement

Chinese Language

One Elective

You choose one of these courses (or two if you decide to opt out of an internship):

SH230 The Chinese Economy
3 credits
SH240 Politics and Governance
3 credits
SH250 Shanghai: Key to Modern China?
3 credits
SH260 International Marketing
3 credits
SH310 International Economics
3 credits

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Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $6,440 goes to tuition & fees, and $1,550 goes to housing.


$7,990/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,850 for airfare and $900 for meals. Students typically spend about $950 on personal expenses, too.

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What's Included

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is get on the bus.

Housing with a Local Roommate

We arrange your housing in the dormitory, and find you a local roommate, too.

Internship Support

We don’t land you an internship only to walk away. We make sure you’re well prepared for your job, and we stay in close touch with your host organization…all semester long.

Visa Support

We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You’ll need to do the legwork, but we pay the consular fees if you obtain your visa through the service we recommend. See note below about additional fees once on-site.

Course Materials & Transcripts

Your textbooks & course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Shanghai. We’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the term, too.

Medical Insurance

We provide you medical insurance. Insurance is comprehensive and includes coverage for medical evacuation.

Staff Support

We support your journey, every step of the way. From pre-departure to orientation to on-site to re-entry. We’re here to help.

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Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, a transcript, a foreign language writing sample, and one letter of recommendation. Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. However, admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply. CET programs are open to students from any US college or university.

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from China, meals, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

If you participate in an internship, you can also anticipate a $150 fee to change your visa to a resident permit after you arrive.

Price Subject to Change

CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.